I fucking hate Blondie. More than that, I think they’re a bunch of disco-loving new wave phonies. I can’t deal with the punk cred they end up getting from cultural commentators, which seems to me more a by-product of right place right time of their birth than of actual punk rock ethos.
And I’m not even talking about their sound. I think punk is an ethic not an aesthetic. The bands playing CBGB’s in 1977 were insanely diverse and all punk as fuck. The Ramones were straight up caveman pop, Television was twitchy weirdos, Suicide was death rockabilly, the Talking Heads were art school navel gazing, Devo a performance art band, and the Dictators were basically jock jams. None of them sounded alike, all of them played shows together, all of them were PUNK AS FUCK.
But Blondie bugs me because I feel like they took the formula that X-Ray Spex and the Slits were doing, cleaned it up, added little pinches of disco and (later in their career) rap, and then presented it as though they were a “punk” band. It feels very calculated and very pop oriented which I find crass.
They feel like the first real stab at “New Wave” i.e. sanitized punk rock you can market. And that ain’t cool by me.
So yeah, thumbs down Blondie.